Warm up runs…

OK technically “warm up” might not be the best description, since Alaska is having an epic cold snap with temperatures across the state at -40F and colder, but these pre-Iditarod races we have planned for the next 2 weekends are going to give me and the younger race dogs a chance to get our acts together and practice before the big race in March. Continue reading

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Merry ManMat and Happy Checkpoints!

Winter moon rising over Dew Claw.

Winter moon rising over Dew Claw.

A great start to 2017!!!  Our order of gear from ManMat has arrived, and our checkpoint sponsor list is starting to fill!  We are super grateful for both! The house project is moving alone nicely. And Victoria is running her own teams.  The race dogs are rocking the trail, and shaping up to be a super fun team.

SO there is lots of progress happening, and the work continues as we move forward to what we hope will be a fun adventure on the Iditarod trail this march. Continue reading

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Snowmageddon at Dew Claw

Snowmageddon – previously known as ‘Winter in Alaska’

Looking out at our world this morning, a beautiful snowy sight to behold.

Looking out at our world this morning, a beautiful snowy sight to behold.

So since I am on a roll, lets try another blog post.  A simple photo blog this time, with a series of photos taken today as we dug out from the first real good snow storm of the season. And despite a day of hard work we were more then happy to have it.  Basically I thought it would be fun to carry the camera around and snap whatever images appealed to me as the day unfolded in all it’s glory.  Sure was fun, hope y’all like the photos.

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Ending the Year with Mush Thanks and Snow

So much to be thankful for, where to begin….

Jasper is thankful he discovered the meat saw, where he can snack on the dust created when we cut meat snacks for the sled dogs.

Jasper is thankful he discovered the meat saw, where he can snack on the dust created when we cut meat snacks for the sled dogs.

Hmmm how about where we left off last time? yeah that might work.  When I last blogged we had the shell of a windowless house in progress

 

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

First the “Cliff Notes” version of the house. Continue reading

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Progress – continued

Part Two – the house

First floor framed up.

First floor framed up.

OK – since I have already taken the pictures for ‘Progress – part 3’ I better, as they say, Get ‘er Done with part 2.  And as the photos will show the progress has been steady.  This next phase of building was framing, basically giving the new house shape.  We also moved utilities, and put in a new septic system. And one could have been a major hassle but thankfully went well project, moving of the kitchen. The kitchen was a new addition Dan built to our old cabin, and the one part that was left standing after the demolition. I love the kitchen, it has beautiful poured concrete counter-tops (which Dan just refinished) and a good design to work in. But moving it was certainly a big project. Heavy equipment was used, and despite a few moments basically everything went smoother then expected. As walls started being solid, stairs appeared, window frames were built, and the porch constructed, the house took real shape.  Here is the progress in photos. Continue reading

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Progress – a photo blog in two parts

Part One – the dogs

Hanging out with Dawn

Hanging out with Dawn

OK a ton of stuff going on at Dew Claw right now! The building part has meant that we were without utilities for a bit, and are still living in the garage while building the house (part two of the progress blog) and I am way behind. Please excuse me, and understand, that when faced with a beautiful dog team to train and a house to build I find my priorities stray far from the laptop.  But I have some great photos to share with y’all, and we will be starting (as always at Dew Claw) dogs first.

Thistle chillin in the sun

Thistle chillin in the sun

So how are things with the dogs, you ask. Other then the appalling lack of snow, and the fact that I am sick to death of driving the quad for hours on end as we condition the team for the adventures ahead, great! The team is happy and looking good. Winter coats are super soft, and for that we have to thank Dr. Carson’s All Natural Products. The dogs get supplemented year round for optimal health, and in winter when we are training we use the Complete product for dogs. Tons of frozen meat and fish are being stockpiled for the dogs winter dining enjoyment. Safe to say they will be eating good this winter. Continue reading

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